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Career in Law

Advance your career as a trusted legal advisor in the UK and around the world

Career in Law

Advance your career as a trusted legal advisor in the UK and around the world

Learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need to acquire to work as a solicitor

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Career opportunities as a solicitor

As a qualified solicitor, you will have direct contact with clients to provide legal guidance and expertise in various areas of the law. You have numerous career paths and areas of the law in which to specialise after qualification, and selecting a route is a personal decision and preference.

Typically, securing you first role as a solicitor is competitive and will take determination and perseverance in order to be successful in the path you choose. You will also need to:

  • be motivated
  • commit to constantly learning and remain current and up-to-date
  • have good analytical, interpersonal, and organisational skills
  • practise commercial awareness
  • demonstrate good written and oral communication skills

Building up experience over time will lead to continued growth and promotion in your chosen area of expertise, eventually leading to becoming a partner in private practice, manager of a legal department in a commercial firm, a judge or other rewarding role.

Applying for a job with a law firm

Build your career as an English solicitor with the world’s top law firms


Norton Rose Fullbright LLP
3 More London Riverside Street
London EC2A 2HA, UK
Phone: 44 20 7283 6000

Clifford Chance LLP
10 Upper Bank Street
London E14 5JJ, UK
Phone: 44 20 7006 1000

Watson Farley & Williams LLP
15 Appold St
London EC2A 2HB, UK
Phone: 44 20 7814 8000


K&L Gates LLP
1 New Change
London EC4M 9AF, UK
Phone: 44 20 7648 9000

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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
5 Fleet Pl
London EC4M 7RD, UK
Phone: 44 20 7203 5000


King & Wood Mallesons LLP
10 Queen St Pl
London EC4R 1BE, UK
Phone: 44 20 7111 2222


Kennedys Law LLP
25 Fenchurch Avenue
London EC3M 5AD, UK
Phone: 44 20 7667 9667


Bristows LLP
100 Victoria Embankment
London EC4Y 0DH, UK
Phone: 44 20 7400 8000


Addleshaw Goddard LLP
Milton Gate, 60 Chiswell Street
London EC1Y 4AG, UK
Phone: 44 20 7606 8855


One Redcliff Street
Bristol BS1 6TP, UK
Phone: 44 333 006 0000

LLM degree

The Master of Laws (LLM) degree is a highly specialised qualification that takes an academic approach to complex aspects of many areas of legal practice and can provide specialist theoretical expertise in a niche area of law.

Gaining an LLM is, therefore, a worthwhile achievement and a valuable asset in addition to becoming a qualified solicitor.

Other career options

If you want to expand your career options beyond being a solicitor, or if you want to work in law or other fields but not commit to becoming a qualified solicitor just yet, there are many other career options that might work for you.

The English solicitor qualification is well-appreciated and widely recognised among employers, who appreciate the skills a solicitor have, such as ethics, professionalism and judgment, the ability to work with other people, the ability to work independently and apply good business practice.

Find out more about law jobs, law courses, law firms, and the steps you’ll need to take to enter the legal world.

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